Less than two weeks after Twitch announced they intend to start selling video games, the game streaming service, announced today that they will be launching an app to help benefit all users. A beta test for the upcoming app is set to kick off later this month.
Last summer, Twitch acquired Curse. Curse is an app which is often referred to as “the next generation in gaming communication,” some of Curse’s notable features include voice chat, in-game overlay, and multiplatform friends sync. Additionally, Twitch has announced that Curse will be redesigned, rebranded, and will relaunch as a Twitch Desktop App.
“The Twitch Desktop App, which features all of the elements people love about the Curse app, such as screen sharing, voice and video calling, and community server creation is now bolstered by Twitch features. This includes Friends, Whispers, activity sharing, and will soon serve as a game library for purchases fulfilled by Twitch,” Twitch CEO Emmett Shear explains. “The result is a one-stop shop for connecting members of our community.”
According to Mr. Shear, the Twitch Desktop App will feature community servers, the app will also support voice and video messaging, private chat messaging, “activity sharing,” and add-ons and mods that will receive automatic updates. The new app will also allow users to “download games purchases fulfilled by Twitch when the sales program launches this spring.”
Analyzing all the new features that this app will include for Twitch users, it certainly bares many similarities to the app Discord, which is not surprise at all considering the fact that Twitch has stated that the new desktop app will benefit both streamers and their spectators, “since their communities can thrive even when the streamer is offline.” The Twitch Desktop App is scheduled to go undergo a public beta test on March 16, those interested in trying out the new app early, the beta will be available for download at twitch.tv